Rising Voices note: Our biweekly newsletter provides a summary of our recent blog posts about all aspects of digital inclusion including access and adoption of digital tools, as well as different ways and opporunities for communities to fully participate online. Read here for previous editions of this newsletter.
What are community networks? What are the social impact of community networks? Those are some of the questions being answered in APC’s new series of short podcasts [Spanish]. In collaboration with Palabra Radio, a women-led community communications project based in Oaxaca, Mexico, APC brings to the listeners three episodes about the emerging movement of community networks in Latin America. The accompanying APC blog post also shares important resources related to community networks as well as a directory of organizations working in various Latin American countries, along with the corresponding email addresses to get in touch. Want to learn more about community networks? Please take a listen and explore for yourself!
MORE FROM THE RISING VOICES BLOG
For this issue, we’d like you to meet two recent hosts of our rotating Twitter project on African language digital activism (@DigiAfricanLang)! We would like to thank Ursula Zage for sharing with us her work on the Twi language and Emeka Ezeibe for his work on the Igbo language. Please read the Q&A posts to learn more about them and their work!
Also in this issue, we’d like to introduce you to two recent guest-hosts of @ActLenguas — indigenous language digital activists Janet Chávez Santiago (Zapotec from Teotitlán Del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico) and Rodrigo Pérez Ramírez (Zapotec from San Andrés Paxtlán, Oaxaca, Mexico). In their profile posts, you’ll get to know more about them and their work in revitalizing/promoting of their native languages.
The Frankfurt Maecenia Foundation for Women in Science and the Arts, an organization dedicated to strengthen the presence of women in science, arts, and culture, is taking application for their biennial grant. Working on a project within the scope? Please see here for details. Application due (for 2020 funding): May 1, 2019 [H/T - APC’s Community Networks newsletter] (Information translated via Google Translate)
CONTESTS & COMPETITIONS
Are you a designer, an artist, an illustrator? Or, maybe, you are just passionate about freedom of expression, internet rights, and the power of tech? Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is calling on you to participate in a visual design contest to challenge religion/faith-based hate speech online! Want to be part of this? Please see here for details. Submission due: May 17, 2019
UPCOMING EVENTS & CONFERENCES
Rising Voices friend Dirk Slater is having an open talk with Allen Gunn on leadership and its role for the Network-Centric Resources project. This talk is part of this project’s online discussion series, provided as a platform to lessons learned and challenges faced. Interested? Please RSVP here to join them via the Internet! Date: April 23, 2019 @ 16:00 (BST) / 8:00 (PDT)
ADDITIONAL READINGS & LISTENINGS
- Global Voices: I Dream That My Language Lives via Language Magazine (Thanks for the shout-out!)
- How Uzbeks learned to love (and live on) the Telegram messenger app via Global Voices
- Mukurtu: an online dilly bag for keeping Indigenous digital archives safe via The Conversation’s podcast “Trust Me, I'm An Expert”
- Georgia: Protecting an Ancient Alphabet in a Digital Age via Eurasianet
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